Wife of 3.9L Scammed About E-Loan | Pune News
The woman filed a complaint with Sangvi police on Saturday after the scammers sent her lewd messages and threatened to share her interacted messages with all her contacts.
Police have now registered one case under Section 420 (Fraud) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) Act.
The woman, a resident of Pimple Gurav, had taken out loans totaling over Rs2 lakh from various mobile apps that provide instant personal loans. She took these in varying amounts for a short period of seven days in December 2020.
“By the end of December 2020, most of these instant loan apps were shut down and their executives stopped contacting the woman,” a Sangvi police officer told TOI.
However, on February 6, 2021, the woman received a call from a man posing as a manager in a private bank’s collections department. He told her that the interest rates on her loans had gone up. Interestingly, the woman hadn’t taken out a loan from that bank — but when the man gave her correct details about her loans from various apps, she believed him.
Under the pretext of several reasons, the woman was asked to pay various fees. First she was lured with a promise of no interest payments, then she was asked for a payment to forward her file, and more.
“The man managed to send her screenshots of the settlement of all loan fees and NOCs. It later turned out that these were fake,” said the police officer.
In February of this year, the caller contacted her again and asked her to pay GST on her refund amount. When she refused, she received abusive calls from unknown cellphone numbers. “She also received lewd messages and was told her interactions would be made public,” the official said.